Latest Globe West headlines

The latest stories from west of Boston.


Needham sisters fight type 1 diabetes together

Since Mia Allen was diagnosed in 2016, her big sister Olivia has been an important source of support.


Measures seek to slow development in Newton

One calls for a moratorium on zoning changes and construction along the city’s Washington Street corridor.

When duty called in WWII, women answered

A new exhibit in Natick shows how women broke the mold — from working in factories to risking their lives as resistance fighters.


Museums blossom with spring exhibits

Art exhibits this spring portray everything from nature to dogs to country fairs.


A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.


Arlington to hold public forum on historic preservation

The event will feature a general discussion about local historic preservation-based groups and how residents can get more involved.


Bedford to hold a ‘listening session”’

Members of town boards and committees, and all residents, are invited to attend to share their input on the issues facing Bedford in the next few years.


Aquatic vegetation treatment scheduled in Bellingham

Silver Lake and Jenks Reservoir in Bellingham will be chemically treated to control the presence of nuisance aquatic vegetation.


Framingham police work to increase awareness of proper drug disposal

Bilingual teams of police officers and Framingham Housing Authority staff will be going door-to-door to explain its “Knock, Talk and Toss’’ initiative.


Franklin to kick off farmers market

The market, held on the town common, features an array of local growers and food purveyors.


Wellesley seeks volunteers for town boards

Residents interested in applying for a committee position can fill out an application and send it, along with a resume, to the Board of Selectmen.

Newton seeks a deal (or maybe a swap) for police headquarters land

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is hoping to make a deal that could land a new home for the Police Department -- and help draw more vitality to West Newton Square.


The birth of leisure as seen through fashion – now at Fruitlands Museum

A new exhibit at Fruitlands Museum explores the burgeoning of leisure and recreation at the turn of the 20th century.


Boston Ability Center helps kids aim high

Jan Wade founded the pediatric wellness center in Wellesley Hills in 2010. In February, she opened a second location in Natick.


Listening to millennials

Jill Ebstein’s book “At My Pace: Twenty-Somethings Finding Their Way” features heartfelt and thoughtful essays by 29 contributors worldwide.


Forum to discuss revitalization plan for Arlington Heights

This is the first public meeting for the Arlington Heights planning project, which launched in late 2017.


Cybersecurity, teacher of the year, and a historical inn

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.


Groton Democratic Town Committee to meet

The guests this month will be Bill Martin and John Drinkwater, both candidates for the First Middlesex State Senate seat.


Learn about bees in photos and music

“The Birds and the Bees: How We Love Them, Why We Need Them,’’ a photographic and musical presentation by Watertown wildlife photographer Carole Smith Berney, will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at the Belmont Library Assembly Room.


Wellesley residents sought to serve on town panels

The Wellesley Board of Selectmen is seeking residents interested in serving on town boards and committees.


Framingham seeks volunteers for mayoral by-law panel

The new committee will suggest recommendations needed to bring town bylaws into conformity with the new city charter.


Bedford police modernize 911 system

The Bedford Police Department has implemented a more modern system that will send all wireless 911 calls dialed in town directly to the department’s dispatch center.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Shrewsbury’s Alexa Tonelli led Westfield State women’s lacrosse in a 17-12 win over Morrisville State May 12.


Town employees to get 2 percent pay hike

The increase is the same as voters in 2017 had approved for this year.


Brookline Town Meeting to start May 22

Brookline Town Meeting members will decide on proposals that include the renaming of a public school and new oversight measures for marijuana sales.


Learn more about stormwater runoff management

Franklin is holding a public forum to discuss what residents can do to help prevent polluted stormwater from running into local waterways.


Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast set for May 23

Ticket sales for the 44th Annual Theodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast will benefit the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony.


Five affordable town homes up for lottery

The units are each 1,867 square feet and include two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms across three floors.


Athletic in the extreme, Frelick commits to the diamond

Dynamic in baseball, football, and hockey, Lexington senior Sal Frelick will be playing baseball only when he starts at BC this fall.


Kailey Conry follows in mom’s lacrosse footsteps

The sophomore attack from Needham paced the BU women with 27 goals and 43 assists this season. Her mother, Katie, is in the BC Athletic Hall of Fame.


Discover the diversity of architecture with house tours in Newton, Framingham

Absorb a fascinating range of architectural styles and history at over a dozen houses by attending two concurrent house tours, one in Newton and one in Framingham.

On the road to health, leaving the hospital is just the start

Providers are finding new ways to support patients — through mentoring programs, smartphone apps, and mindfulness groups.

In Newton, this multimillion dollar home could be worth more as a knockdown

Thanks to sky-high property values, the land may be more valuable if a future owner has the choice to knock down the circa-1855 house and build something new.


Wellesley girls combine track talent, chemistry

When the Wellesley girls track and field team comes together, they often make history.


Community service, town celebrations, and a new museum director

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Sudbury’s John Sexton helped lead the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team to an Atlantic Coast Conference title.


Newton Festival of the Arts announces events throughout May

Each event is open to the public and will be held at the Newton Free Library’s Druker Auditorium.


Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week returns May 12

Events include a number of walks along town conservation lands, a guided bike ride, free Lexpress rides, a bike maintenance workshop, a bike safety program for children.


Nonprofit to host symposium on risks of hereditary cancer among Jewish communities

Oneinforty raises awareness of the one-in-forty risk to Ashkenazi Jews of inheriting BRCA gene mutations.


Bike Arlington Tour set for May 20

The tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way.


Groton Democratic Town Committee to hold candidates’ night

The public is invited to ask questions of the candidates during the event.


N2 Innovation District seeking donation for outdoor sculpture exhibition

The exhibit will feature up to 15 sculptures and conceptual art located along the 1-mile rail trail, which runs parallel to Needham Street in Newton.


Wellesley honors environmentalist Rachel Carson

The town has designated May 2 as Rachel Carson Day in honor of her birthday.


Franklin offers affordable housing opportunity

The unit at 96 Grey Wolf Drive has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a one-car garage, and is priced at $178,241.


Medway launches renovations at Choate, Oakland Park

The renovations will include newly designed recreational areas at both parks.


Should the state lower its sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Should Brookline voters approve the proposed operating override and the high school debt exclusion?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Local shops outlast Toys ‘R’ Us, with mixed feelings

Specialty toy shops are rethinking their strategy as the behemoth chain prepares to sell or close its stores.

Competition yoga? No, it’s not an oxymoron.

Children as young as 7 are perfecting their poses for the increasingly popular youth sport.


Tax hikes on the ballot in Brookline’s May 8 town election

Voters will decide on a pair of property tax increases: one to help pay for a high school expansion and another to raise more money for the town and schools.

Blotter tales


// Beware those tricky thieves

Thieves use sneaky tactics to steal, a beaver is rescued from a swimming pool, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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